A pluggable middleware architecture for developing context-aware mobile applications

Paspallis, Nearchos orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-2636-7973 and Papadopoulos, George A (2013) A pluggable middleware architecture for developing context-aware mobile applications. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 18 (5). pp. 1099-1116. ISSN 1617-4909

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00779-013-0722-7


The proliferation of powerful smartphone devices provides a great opportunity for context-aware mobile applications becoming mainstream. However, we argue that conventional software development techniques suffer because of the added complexity required for collecting and managing context information. This paper presents a component-based middleware architecture which facilitates the development and deployment of context-aware applications via reusable components. The main contribution of this approach is the combination of a development methodology with the middleware architecture, which together bring significant value to developers of context-aware applications. Further contributions include the following: The methodology utilizes separation of concerns, thus decreasing the developmental cost and improving the productivity. The design and implementation of context-aware applications are also eased via the use of reusable components, called context plug-ins. Finally, the middleware architecture facilitates the deployment and management of the context plug-ins in a resource-aware manner. The proposed methodology and middleware architecture are evaluated both quantitatively and qualitatively.

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